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Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red Padthaway 2010

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The first Pillar Box was erected in Australia after thhe introduction of postage stamps in the 1850’s. Several of these elaborately designed receivers still exist as stoic reminders of a time when beauty could be found in the most mundane – even in the posting of one’s letters.

Region: Australia

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd:
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padth... Read more
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry\’s Drive. Henry's Drive is situated in the Padthaway district of South Australia, around 180 miles south east of Adelaide. It is naturally cooler than the more northerly Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale, but warmer and more consistent than Coonwarra, some 50 miles south, with which it shares a similar, former sea-bed, geology. The property is owned by the Longbottom family, who have been farmers in Padthaway since the 1940s. Their first vintage was in 1998. Read less

External Reviews for Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red Padthaway

External Review
01/23/2014

Velvety and ripe, offering dark berry and licorice flavors that glide smoothly through the finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2015. 60,000 cases made. -HS Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Red offers warm cassis and blackberry notes intermingled with more delicate hints of violets, dried mint and roses. Rich and well balanced, this full-bodied wine is nicely textured with medium levels of velvety tannins, a solid acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+.


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11/04/2014

Velvety and ripe, offering dark berry and licorice flavors that glide smoothly through the finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2015. 60,000 cases made. HS - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 PointsDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Red offers warm cassis and blackberry notes intermingled with more delicate hints of violets, dried mint and roses. Rich and well balanced, this full-bodied wine is nicely textured with medium levels of velvety tannins, a solid acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+. - Robert Parker 89 Points


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10/24/2013

Velvety and ripe, offering dark berry and licorice flavors that glide smoothly through the finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
10/24/2013

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Red offers warm cassis and blackberry notes intermingled with more delicate hints of violets, dried mint and roses. Rich and well balanced, this full-bodied wine is nicely textured with medium levels of velvety tannins, a solid acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+.


External Review
10/04/2012

Aromas of blue and dark berry fruit entwined with licorice, spearmint and cigar box complexity.



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The first Pillar Box was erected in Australia after thhe introduction of postage stamps in the 1850’s. Several of these elaborately designed receivers still exist as stoic reminders of a time when beauty could be found in the most mundane – even in the posting of one’s letters.

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